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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2010

Bookie taking bets on Tiger's mea culpa

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A European bookmaker is urging golf fans to invest in their version of cliche bingo during Tiger Woods' televised statement today that will end three months of silence from the world's top-ranked golfer about his November car accident that led to admissions of marital infidelity.

Paddy Power, the largest bookmaker in Ireland, announced a series of odds yesterday for wagers on key phrases Woods is likely to utter during the statement he will read from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The early favorite: "I regret the hurt I've caused," which opened with 7-2 odds.

The longest odds, at 500-1, are that Woods will channel his inner Bill Clinton and echo the former president's famous phrase from the Monica Lewinsky scandal: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

Woods has been linked romantically to more than a dozen women other than his wife, Elin, since Nov. 27, when the initial reports surfaced about Woods' car wreck outside his Florida home.


NEW YORK Tina Fey will probably reprise her famous impression of Sarah Palin when she hosts "Saturday Night Live" in April, the comedian said.

"It's inevitable that we'll try it, at least," Fey said Tuesday. "We'll see if it makes it to air."

Officials at the NBC sketch show wouldn't comment; "SNL" generally doesn't discuss any planned sketches, given that much can change even in the hours before show time.

Fey's performances as the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate drew huge ratings for "SNL."


LOS ANGELES A judge yesterday praised Chris Brown for diligence in completing the terms of his probation for last year's attack on his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg said Brown hasn't missed a session of domestic violence counseling and completed 32 days of community labor in Virginia.

Schnegg also ruled yesterday that Brown, 20, can travel out of the United States for concert dates in May and June.

The R&B singer was sentenced last year to five years of probation and six months of community labor after pleading guilty to felony assault.

He was charged after an attack on Rihanna hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards.